SH 86 resurfacing project in Elbert County begins next week

August 29, 2014 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - ELBERT COUNTY — Residents in Elbert County will be getting a smoother road and other work to ensure SH86 is around for years to come for the holidays this year.

Beginning, Thursday, Sept. 4, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project on SH 86 from mile marker (MM) 38.1 to MM 50.5, east of Kiowa, between the Ramah Road (CR 105) and the Matheson Road (CR 149). In addition to the asphalt resurfacing, five existing bridge decks will be rehabilitated along with upgraded bridge rail and guardrail.

“This project will not only create a smoother drive for motorists, but will help increase the life of the highway,” said Project Engineer Karl Larson. “Although there will be delays through the area for a couple of months, the end result will be a much better roadway surface for motorists.”

Crews will work daytime hours on bridge deck rehabilitation and asphalt paving. Traffic will be controlled by flaggers through the work zone for paving, which will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic. Traffic will be controlled through the work zones for bridge work using temporary traffic signals, which will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic. These two elements will be performed concurrently.

Crews will be working on the project Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some Saturday work is possible, but will be announced at a later date. Oversize trucking restrictions will be in place for bridge work with limited widths of 12 feet. Throughout the project, delays of 10 to 15 minutes will be possible. Motorists are encouraged to allow extra travel time and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone!

The project, contracted to Kiewit Infrastructure for $6 million, is expected to last until December.

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